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How Will Soaring Interest Rates Impact You?

Experts predict rising interest rates in the year ahead. Be prepared for how these changes could affect your finances.

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Warning! Fall Sticker Shock Ahead

Five common expenses are on the rise. Learn what to expect, and how to minimize the impact on your budget.

Why You Should Get Off the Fence About Buying a Home

As the housing market continues to stabilize, you might be thinking more seriously about purchasing a home, right? Here are some reasons why it’s (still) a good idea to get off the fence — sooner, rather than later.


Tips for Becoming a Mom-and-Pop Landlord

Thinking of renting out your home? There are many things to consider before you make the final decision.

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How to Own a Vacation Home With Friends

Here are a few things to keep in mind so that you don’t turn your dream house into a nightmare.

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Tips for Buying the Right Vacation Home

Here’s how to buy the right vacation home so as to make the experience as rewarding (personally and financially) as possible.


4 Ways to Gain the Competitive Edge When Home Shopping

If you’ve been out there house hunting, you’re likely aware of the many challenges and obstacles that come with the territory.


Everything You Need to Know About Cash Buyers

So who are these cash buyers, and where are they located? Here are answers to some of your questions.

Millennials vs. Baby Boomers: What Do They Want?

What are millennials looking for when it comes to housing? And what do baby boomers want? Here’s a breakdown.


Everything You Need to Know About Today's Rental Market

Whether you’ve been doubled-up and are now looking to strike out on your own or you’re thinking about finally moving out of your parents’ house, here are a few things you need to know about today’s home rental market.

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4 Foolish Money Mistakes You Should Avoid

Do you make a lot of mistakes when it comes to managing your finances? Here are some of the more […]


Things to Do Before You Sell Your Home

Want to sell your home in a competitive market? Start by decluttering, getting inspections done in advance and pricing it right.

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It's Spring -- Time to Clean Up Your Finances

From reviewing credit reports to shredding old documents, spring is a great time to get money matters under control.

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Put Your Home To Work For You…Again

Last year, homeowners recouped about $1.9 trillion in lost value, which means we’re seeing an increase in home equity lending.

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It's Tax Time! See Tax Breaks for Homeowners

Tax time! Homeowners, don’t forget these deductions.

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